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    Travel Cases?

    After reading most of the experiences others have endured when shipping a bike, I have decided that for me the best option is a travel case. Anyone out there have some opinions on the various manufacturers makes and models? The 2 basic designs seem to be a foam-lined hardshell suitcase with wheel bags or a hard-mount frame in a soft-side case.
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    There is a list of companies that make cases. Many of these are are available at a variety of on-line bike shops.

    We are planning to buy Trico cases for a trip to Europe, this summer.
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    From my experience, a hard case is more protection for your bike. With a soft case, your bike can get damaged almost as easily as it can in a cardboard box.

    I have no brand preferences. I'd just recommend a hard case.
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    I ride a pretty small frame (48cm) and I wonder if there's a hardcase out there that falls within the 60-62 linear inches rule so I won't get charged extra. Anyone know of such a case? Or how about two cases? Has anyone tried the trick of splitting the wheels into one check-in and the frame into another?
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    Originally posted by sammer
    After reading most of the experiences others have endured when shipping a bike, I have decided that for me the best option is a travel case. Anyone out there have some opinions on the various manufacturers makes and models? The 2 basic designs seem to be a foam-lined hardshell suitcase with wheel bags or a hard-mount frame in a soft-side case.
    Just one question, what do you plan to do with the case when you get to your destination? A hard case will offer better protection, but will require a greater amount of dismantling of the bike and will probably need to be stored somewhere when you get to your destination.

    A softer case won't offer the same protection, but this problem can be mitigated to an extent by packing some other things around your bike (i.e. clothing etc) to offer additional protection. They are also lighter and can more easily be carried with you when you get to your destination. This is what I did on my Victorian tour last year.
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    When I get to my destination, I put the case in the corner of my hotel room, or if the closet is big enough, it goes in there. Really, hard cases don't require any more dismantling of your bike than a soft case does. Basically, all the ones I have seen have the same set up. You take off the wheels, slide the handlebars out, take the pedals off, and slide the seatpost out. The seatpost, pedals, and wheels are all kept inside the case. You can also pack some other small things in boxes and put them in the case.

    The only drawback I see with a hard case is that, yes, they are more of a pain to roll (be sure to get one with wheels) around the airport, because they are slightly larger and a bit on the heavy side.
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    Originally posted by velo
    When I get to my destination, I put the case in the corner of my hotel room, or if the closet is big enough, it goes in there.
    I was assuming that Sammer intends to transport the bike for touring, if that's the case, he won't have a hotel to store it in. You could find somewhere to store it if you intend finishing at the same place you started from. However, if the finishing destination is different, that probably won't be a feasible option, and it will probably need to be carried.

    Originally posted by velo
    Basically, all the ones I have seen have the same set up. You take off the wheels, slide the handlebars out, take the pedals off, and slide the seatpost out.
    Do you have any links for any of those? All the ones I've seen around here require you to basically dismantle the bike down to the last screw. I'd be interested in seeing some other options.
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    I use a soft case that is padded on the inside with foam padding that I got at a fabric store- just cut to fit. It all sounds sketchy but I've never had damaged bikes or wheels.

    I've heard it said that throwers are tougher on hardcases because they are heavy and large. They also stack those items at the bottom of a pile. Softcases tend to go on top or with other soft cases or handled somewhat more carefully. I don't know but I do get really happy when I unwrap the bike and nothing is wrong! It's like dodging bullets!

    edit- the foam is the same kind used in camera equipment cases. Grey color and a bit on the dense side.

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    Originally posted by Chris L
    Do you have any links for any of those? All the ones I've seen around here require you to basically dismantle the bike down to the last screw.
    What about this: http://www.coloradocyclist.com/commo...6,3&TextMode=0
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